Study suggests raising downtown parking rates to battle congestion

By Ted Raymond, CFRA News, March 29, 2017

A new study, commissioned by four city councillors, suggests raising the price of downtown parking would be the most cost-effective way to reduce traffic congestion in the core of the city.

Councillors David Chernushenko, Jeff Leiper, Catherine McKenney and Tobi Nussbaum paid for the study through their office budgets. Chernushenko tells CFRA’s Ottawa Now with Evan Solomon he spent $8,000. Responding by email, Leiper says his office paid roughly $5,000 and McKenney estimates her office paid $3,000. Nussbaum had not replied to a request for comment by the time this article was published.

The study by CPCS, looked at four main options for reducing traffic volume downtown and encouraging transit ridership. The options were putting a toll on the Queensway; placing a “cordon” around the downtown core and charging drivers who enter the area; increasing downtown parking rates; and raising the gas tax.

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